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  1. I think that was the G5 where they introduced their LG friends gimmick. I vaguely recall one of the contraptions was some kind of BB-8-looking robot and I don't really care enough to Google it any further because that's how uninterested I was and still am with that concept. I bought the G4 on launch, then got another G4 as a warranty replacement for the first one, and the replacement G4 died about a year later. Both failed due to the notorious bootloop issue. I currently own a pair of rooted V20 phones that I'll probably keep around as long as I can because of
  2. I've worked in software since 2012. Not all of the companies I've worked for understood or accepted that was their contemporary function regardless of their supposed primary industry, but as a company, you're not serious about technology if you don't invest in it. I've been fighting the SSD fight for 8+ years now. Only two out of the five places I've worked for in the last nine years had any respect or understanding of their employees' needs, especially for their software development operations. That includes getting your employees hardware that won't be a bottleneck to their produ
  3. The way Apple operates, if it's officially announced, it's for sale. I may not be a big fan of buying Apple products (other than their stock) for my own personal use, but I am a fan of their "no paper launch" strategy. As for the MBP M1, I will say that its battery life is phenomenal. I can easily get more than two workdays of regular business productivity use without charging. That's a bigger deal to me than it having the fastest CPU in my household right now out of five computers.
  4. The article only mentions the M1, so that's the current-gen chip. Here's another article that talks about leaked benchmarks for an M1X, but that appears to be a 12-core variant of the M1 also clocked at 3.2 GHz, so its single-thread is the same. https://www.macworld.co.uk/news/m1x-mac-3801943/ https://www.cpu-monkey.com/en/cpu-apple_m1x-1898
  5. I have a Pioneer AVIC-W8500NEX which was their flagship 2019 model. The indexing isn't that big of a deal since it only happens when you insert an SD card or USB, but it's there. Once indexed, it's cached until the head unit detects a change in the file listing which would only happen if I removed the SD/USB, added/removed files on it from my PC, and put it back in the head unit. When it does have to refresh though, it's slow with a 45 MB/s SD card full of MP3s and AACs. Even if I get a faster SDXC card, it's still getting capped at a theoretical 60 MB/s over USB 2.0.
  6. I still do this. One of my cars' head units can play FLAC, but the reason I don't load it with FLAC is because I know I can't hear the difference between 320 Kbps MP3 and FLAC while driving—if at all, to be honest. Also, the head unit's interface for its USB ports and SDXC card slot is USB 2.0. Indexing all FLAC files would take forever. If the head unit were USB 3.0, then maybe.
  7. The title length issue on the home page is pretty straightforward. I'm guessing the same code is used on the forum index page, but I haven't checked that page specifically. .info a { display: -webkit-box; overflow: hidden; text-overflow: ellipsis; } Anyway, the display: -webkit-box; CSS property causes the latest activity columns to have equal height (which looks clean) and the next two properties cause the thread titles to be width of the container and then display overflowing text as ellipses. I think text-overflow: ellipsis; is being set elsewher
  8. I think my memories of D2 are better left as memories, although to be honest, if it weren't for the 90-day login rule on the old Battle.net, I'd still give my old characters a brief run every now and then. I had a 96 javazon, 96 spearazon, and a party-favorite 95 freeze/immolate max attack speed M'avina's bowazon that I rebuilt once from 95 before the stat reallocation patch. All three of them were built to solo Uber Diablo and the javazon and spearazon could facetank him. I farmed so many Annihilus charms and later Hellfire Torches to fund my trading for some ridiculously valuable items inclu
  9. There are several use cases where a hard drive still makes more sense. I hit on three of them myself: Ultra-high capacity storage, file backup, and continuous writing. I have a 10 TB Seagate BarraCuda Pro for storage, a 6 TB HGST Ultrastar for backup, and I'm planning on a 4 TB WD Purple for my NVR setup hopefully later this year. My backup drive is almost always an older repurposed drive I formerly bought for storage. Anything that has to do with loading applications into memory rightfully gets put on an SSD, but transfer speed and seek times aren't always the most imp
  10. If you guys really want to see how far back this cascading effect reaches, I bought an EVGA 980 Ti Classified for $297 including shipping in May 2017. Out of six 980 Ti Classified cards sold on eBay US so far this month, including shipping, four of them have sold for more. The range is $260-327. Also, sales tax is now mandatory as well, which I didn't have to pay on eBay back in 2017. Of course now I wish I had snagged a 2080 Ti when they cratered down to $500.
  11. It's kind of funny how bringing back rounded corners is such a big deal with Windows 10 and that's what they call a major design overhaul. The Metro design language is a lot of things, but attractive is not one of them. They took flat UI to the extreme in Windows 10. It's clean, but it's also lifeless. Adding rounded corners will help, but the UI still has very little visual depth or interest. Before I installed 10 for the first time on my gaming laptop, I already planned to run Open Shell and Glass8. Now I can't daily drive 10 without them.
  12. Oh for sure, definitely just a tangential thought I had and not what you were suggesting. I do recommend getting some shares in AAPL for any new investor though, and it's also a fine choice for the times when you want to buy into a stock and don't know which one to buy. It's funny because it's not an exciting pick and it's not a pure growth stock, but it still behaves like one thanks to Apple being so damn big and a market leader in a outperforming sector. I wish I had simply bought more AAPL instead of making some of the dumb experimental picks I've made over the past few years.
  13. I can recommend both Fidelity and Vanguard. Sure, their UIs aren't as simple and easy like Robinhood, but honestly, Robinhood is a terrible brokerage on many levels. It took a kid committing suicide for them to get their heads out of their asses and stop dishing out margin accounts like subprime mortgage-backed securities in 2007. They've had inexplicable service outages. Their app is buggy and exploitable. They ran out of liquidity during the recent GameStop fiasco and their CEO looked like a complete idiot trying to talk his way out of the mess they got themselves into by being as disingenuo
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